ONE TO WATCH: Michael Britten will hit the stage this weekend for the final shows of  Barefoot in the Park .
ONE TO WATCH: Michael Britten will hit the stage this weekend for the final shows of Barefoot in the Park . Contributed

Passion reignited by joining theatre group

MICHAEL Britten was keen to meet new people after moving to town, and a theatre group proved to be the perfect place to do so.

Mr Britten's Stanthorpe Little Theatre debut was as Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

"I decided to get involved in theatre as a way to meet people and get more involved in the community,” he said.

"I didn't expect a lead role.”

He has since had many roles with with the group, including Mr Darcy in an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Angelo in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

His experience with Stanthorpe Little Theatre has reinvigorated his passion for the stage.

"I hadn't done any theatre since high school, but Romeo and Juliet was such a wonderful experience with beautiful people that I wanted more,” he said.

Mr Britten first came to Stanthorpe as a UQ chemistry graduate to start work at Australian Vinegar, makers of Lirah Vinegar, as an assistant vinegar maker.

Eight years on, he is now operations manager and still loves his work.

Between full-time work and becoming a father last year, Michael still finds time for his vice-presidency role at Stanthorpe Little Theatre.

He plays Paul Bratter in the group's production of Barefoot in the Park.

"This role is probably the most complex that I have taken on and tremendous fun with a full gamut of emotions from love to anger,” Mr Britten said.

"This year we are producing more productions and workshops than recent years. There has never been a better time to get involved in Stanthorpe Little Theatre than now.”

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